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Facilities & Projects Team Blog – Update Installation of temporary heating in Main Library & Wilkins Building

Jay Woodhouse7 December 2021

Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Project Team

 

SMT have recognised the issues staff are having regarding the heating problems within the Main library and are working with the Library Facilities and Projects team to press Campus Infrastructure and Operations for a swift resolution. It is expected that the temporary heating solution will  be operational throughout the building by the end of the week.

 

1st floor main library:

 

Temporary heating will be provided by means of 2.8kw electric heaters.  We are still in the process of installing supplementary power to all areas that will enable us to fully deploy these heaters. Survey work is being undertaken tonight and tomorrow, with the intention of installing 2 X 60-amp supplementary power circuits: one for either end of the library. Works are expected to be complete by the end of this week. In the meantime, we have plugged in as many lower powered heaters as possible to mitigate the cold temps.

 

2nd floor

 

The 2nd floor temp heating solution will be provided by means of 20 stand only A/C split units, that will be secured in the window bays. These units only take a small amount of energy compared to the 2.8kw heaters. We also have supplementary power on the roof that we will use to feed these units. Works expected to be complete by the end of this week.

 

If you experience any concerns during the duration of this project, please do contact the Facilities and Projects team on: lib-facilities@ucl.ac.uk

Facilities & Projects Team Blog – Update Installation of temporary heating in Main Library & Wilkins Building

Collette E M Lawrence3 December 2021

Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Project Team

This is just a gentle reminder that the temporary heating install in the Main Library will be commencing tonight, Friday 3rd December 2021.

The project will be taking place, between Friday 3rd December and Friday the 17th December 2021, all works will take place out of hours, when the Main Library is closed, and will be a welcome solution to the current heating issues in the Main Library.

If you experience any concerns during the duration of this project, please do contact the Facilities and Projects team on: lib-facilities@ucl.ac.uk

For further details please refer to the blog communications sent on the 26th November, here: https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/libnet/2021/11/26/facilities-projects-team-blog-installation-of-temporary-heating-in-main-library-wilkins-building/

Facilities & Projects Team Blog – Installation of temporary heating in Main library, Wilkins Building

Collette E M Lawrence26 November 2021

Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Project Team

The installation of the temporary heating within the Main library will commence, this weekend, Saturday 27th November 2021 and will be completed end of next week.

It will consist of electrical heaters being positioned in various office areas on the 1st floor. In addition to that, on the 2nd floor, there will be 24 external, heat pump, air conditioning systems, which will be fed through slightly opened windows to allow a connection with the external condensing unit. All works will be carried out, early morning, prior to the library opening, so there will be no disruption to staff and students.

If you have any issues or queries regarding this please contact the Library Facilities & Projects Team at lib-facilities@ucl.ac.uk

Facilities & Projects Main Library Heating Update

Collette E M Lawrence4 November 2021

Facilities & Projects Team Blog – Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Projects Team

A temporary heating solution for the affected areas in the Main library, will be installed, by UCL Estates, as soon as possible.

There will be external gas units to cover the 1st & 2nd floors with temporary ducts through high level windows, which will disperse into those areas.

The 3rd floor will have stand alone, split units that will be installed through the windows. There will about 20 of those to enable adequate coverage for the space.

The installations will significantly improve the quality of warmth throughout the library for students and staff.
We’re just waiting for Estates to get costs finalised and the practicalities the install sorted out.

This will be an ongoing long term project with UCL Estates and we will continue to keep you updated on the progress.

Promoting THE Award shortlist

simon.bralee.156 October 2021

The Student Centre team have been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Awards under the “Outstanding Library Team” category. This is an amazing achievement and we want to celebrate it.

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Sharing the news on social Media

The Library comms team will co-ordinate sharing the news through the library’s social media accounts. If you wish to tweet about the shortlisting in a personal capacity on your own accounts, please do use the hashtag #THEAwards.

About the awards

The winners will be announced at a celebration event in central London on 25 November 2021. These are the 17th annual THE Awards, perhaps better known as the “Oscars of higher education”.

This year they focus primarily on activity during the 2019-20 academic year, and so include a large number of submissions based on the initial response of all HE institutions to the unique and wide-ranging challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Facilities & Projects Team – Project Updates

Collette E M Lawrence25 August 2021

Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Project Team

Please see below an update with regards to work taking place this weekend:

Saturday 28th August 2021 – The Science Library will be closed due to Sodexo carrying out a vital deep clean on all of the floor areas, in all communal spaces, in readiness for the new term in September.

The team have been working hard going from site to site getting social distancing in spaces rearranged and signage removed ready for new direction from UCL for the start of term.

If you have any issues or queries regarding this please contact the Library Facilities & Projects Team at lib-facilities@ucl.ac.uk

Facilities & Project Update

Collette E M Lawrence5 May 2021

Facilities & Projects Team Blog – Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Projects Team

Project update for the Fire Alarm upgrade installations throughout DMS Watson, Petrie Museum and Energy Centre.

The 3rd Floor and 4th Floor will be closed on Thursday 6th May and Friday 7th May 2021.

Monday 10th May 2021 the 4th Floor will reopen, while work on the 3rd floor will continue. This area will be closed off and there will be some noise disruption permeating through the building. Users of these spaces will need to be remined of additional bookable study spaces in other locations during this time.

We will continue to provide further updates as the project progresses. Please speak to your building manager if you have any concerns or queries and they can feed back to the team.

Facilities & Projects team update

Collette E M Lawrence23 April 2021

Facilities & Projects Team Blog – Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Project Team

Project update with regards to the Fire Alarm upgrade installations throughout DMS Watson, Petrie Museum and Energy Centre.

the 4th floor is now reopened.

Work on the 3rd floor will commence on Monday 26th April 2021. This area will be closed off and there will be some noise disruption permeating through the building. Users of these spaces will need to be remined of additional bookable study spaces in other locations during this time.

We will continue to provide further updates as the project progresses. Please speak to your building manager if you have any concerns or queries and they can feed back to the team.

Facilities & Projects Team Update

Collette E M Lawrence1 April 2021

Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Projects Team

I hope you are all keeping safe and well and looking forward to Spring Break!!

Staff and students will be returning from 12th April 2021, there will be Estates project work taking place at this time. Fire Alarm upgrade installations throughout DMS Watson, Petrie Museum and Energy Centre.

Work on the 4th floor will be begin on 12th April 2021. This area will be closed off and there will be some noise disruption permeating through the building. Users of these spaces will need to be reminded of additional bookable study spaces in other locations during this time.

We will provide further updates as the project progresses. Please speak to your building manager if you have any concerns or queries and they can feed back to the team.

The Pro-Vice-Provost’s View

Paul Ayris30 March 2021

Strategic Operating Plan 2021-24

Every year, all academic support and Professional Service Departments are required to submit Strategic Operating Plans to deliver on their Strategy commitments. They also identify new developments which they would like to introduce. Academic Departments do the same.

The planning cycle is for 3 years and the Library has just submitted its strategic plan for 2021-4, which you can read here as Library Services SOP 2021-24.

What we have tried to do is to identify the many positive new services which we have introduced over the last 12 months and to build them into the Library’s daily work going forward. We have also looked at the Library’s traditional service offering and attempted to strengthen it. Inevitably, UCL will receive more bids for funding than there is money available. However, as the 10th best university in the world (according to the 2021 QS rankings), UCL is committed to further improve the Student Experience going forward. We hope for successful funding outcomes in the coming months.

Paul Ayris

(Pro-Vice-Provost, UCL Library Services & UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship)